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  • News Build a bear, Chapel Hats, Ridemakerz to Close for more dining options.

    This news just broke by the OC Register, with sources telling them that it is NOT caused by poor performance and stating that if given space, the 3 stores could have the opportunity to reopen in new locatons within DTD

  • #2
    In-N-Out. Please, In-N-Out!

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    • #3
      So happy to see DTD finally getting some love. First Splitsville and now this. I just hope there's a complete new aesthetic to DTD as it needs it badly.

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      • #4
        This is very sad. My kids love two of those stores. I have not spent a dime in any restaurant there in over 5 years. But I have spent hundreds in Build a Bear and Ride Makers.

        More reasons not to go to Downtown
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        • #5
          Any idea what's going in? I'd love to see something more experienced themed for families. Splitsville seems more for adults and a business crowd. An American Girl store with a bistro would make a fortune there. We enjoyed the RideMakers experience and it was a great memory souvenir. I hope whatever goes on is fun.

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          • #6
            It is sad that DTD isnt being a better landlord to Build a Bear and Ridermakerz. Especially since there are VERY FEW stores that have appeal to the younger crowd ( and younger crowd at E

            Even when DTD was built, it was out shadowed by The Grove, which opened at about the same time as DTD. , Overall, I think Universal Citywalk in Hollywood (even though it is nearly 25 years old, has a much better selection of stores, and wider variety of restaurants to choose from. The theater is a far cry above what AMC offers in DTD. You really have to wonder why AMC in DTD is so sub parr, when it should be AMC's shinning star, out of it's entire chain!.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
              It is sad that DTD isnt being a better landlord to Build a Bear and Ridermakerz. Especially since there are VERY FEW stores that have appeal to the younger crowd ( and younger crowd at E

              Even when DTD was built, it was out shadowed by The Grove, which opened at about the same time as DTD. , Overall, I think Universal Citywalk in Hollywood (even though it is nearly 25 years old, has a much better selection of stores, and wider variety of restaurants to choose from. The theater is a far cry above what AMC offers in DTD. You really have to wonder why AMC in DTD is so sub parr, when it should be AMC's shinning star, out of it's entire chain!.
              I get more from Universal Citywalk in Hollywood also ,
              than I ever did in Down Town Disney.......Just to bad the location is lot further ,were I live .
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              • #8
                Getting rid of Build a bear is a shame. If they replace it with something that works thatd be cool though. How many more options for food do they need.
                I don't think imagination is dead. Anywhere or in the parks. I think that sometimes, we need to remember, that when you see something so highly to begin with, and then you visit it or see it every weekend, that shine it once had, it starts to wear. I think, and this isnt meant as an insult or anything rude or whatever, that sometimes, the imagination dies a little in ourselves, as opposed to the thing we are critiquing and its further diminished when it doesn't align with what we think it should align with.

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                • #9
                  In case anyone wants a link to the article:

                  http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/23...eyland-resort/

                  I'm very surprised by build a bear, considering all the Disney exclusive stuff they have etc. Its very busy in there. Clearly Downtown Disney needs to expand, and Disney's just not doing it. Can we get Disney springs or what?
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                  • #10
                    They are also changing the name to Dinetown Disney.

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                    • #11
                      I foresaw the hat store closing. Way to expensive. I look forward to whatever restaurant(s) replace the stores.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                        Even when DTD was built, it was out shadowed by The Grove, which opened at about the same time as DTD. , Overall, I think Universal Citywalk in Hollywood (even though it is nearly 25 years old, has a much better selection of stores, and wider variety of restaurants to choose from.
                        Completely agree. The dining options of Citywalk are so much better with places like Tony Roma's and Bubba Gump. What Downtown Disney needs to add are more real restaurants such as Island's or Claim Jumper. Citywalk also has fast, easy places like Cinnabon, which would be a perfect fit in Downtown Disney.

                        Something Citywalk also has, in regards to shopping, is a Dodgers' team store. Well, with Angels Stadium just one mile away, why is there not an Angels team store in Downtown Disney? Personally, I think Disney needs to buy back the Angels and expand the Disneyland Resort to cover that area and add a Ballpark Village, like found in St Louis, over there. Then ESPN could move there and free up space in DTD, but that's a conversation for another time.

                        Lastly, the atmosphere is just better. The way it feels completely closed in with the parking structures on either side is actually really cozy. Multiple levels for walking is also really nice. And let's face it, Downtown Disney is pretty boring to look at. The exteriors are all so dated and there's nothing particularly memorable about any of it. Citywalk's overuse of neon lights and fun building designs give the area some real charm. Simply put, the Naple's clown has nothing on neon King Kong. Citywalk leaves an impact with the Hard Rock's giant guitar that Jazz Kitchen's saxophone doesn't.

                        Look, I'm not saying Disney should be copying what Universal has done, but if they're going to mimic it, they should at least do it right. If Disney wants to redesign Downtown Disney and give it a completely new style, sort of like what they did in Walt Disney World, maybe something to match the Grand Californian a bit more, then that's fine, too. All I want is it to be somewhere I want to visit again and again, and right now, it's not.

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                        • #13
                          Nice to hear, as those stores were just a big waste of space. What I dont understand is, why isn't there any stores close by that can accommodate for shoes, sandals, socks etc... I cant tell you how many times I have been to the park and not just me but someone in my party that either didnt bring the right shoes or needs a new pair of socks because Splash Mountain or Grizzly Rapids soaked their feet.

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                          • #14
                            I actually think the whole DTD could use a redo. So much wasted space just with the way the buildings are layed out.
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                            • #15
                              It's weird that there's so much love for CityWalk. I was last there a couple of months ago and it felt even more tacky and charmless than it did when I worked there 17 years ago. With its chain restaurants, fast food joints, and souvenir shops it seems to be aimed squarely at teenagers. It has all the coziness of walking through a concrete canyon. No thanks. I'll take the much smaller yet much more inviting and upscale Downtown Disney any day. I sure wouldn't mind a significant expansion, though.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Tshaman View Post
                                This is very sad. My kids love two of those stores. I have not spent a dime in any restaurant there in over 5 years. But I have spent hundreds in Build a Bear and Ride Makers.

                                More reasons not to go to Downtown
                                I’m sorry to hear that. I always had the opposite experience. I had outgrown both by the time Downtown Disney opened, and while I thought they served a purpose, it just never seemed worth it to me. On the other hand, I go to Downtown Disney to grab a meal with my family a couple times a year, but we’ve already been to every single restaurant. I’m excited to see what more they plan on offering.

                                Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                                It is sad that DTD isnt being a better landlord to Build a Bear and Ridermakerz. Especially since there are VERY FEW stores that have appeal to the younger crowd ( and younger crowd at E

                                Even when DTD was built, it was out shadowed by The Grove, which opened at about the same time as DTD. , Overall, I think Universal Citywalk in Hollywood (even though it is nearly 25 years old, has a much better selection of stores, and wider variety of restaurants to choose from. The theater is a far cry above what AMC offers in DTD. You really have to wonder why AMC in DTD is so sub parr, when it should be AMC's shinning star, out of it's entire chain!.
                                I agree with this. I wish Disney could add to Downtown Disney instead of just replace other things, although I’m not sure where they would find the space. I’ve been to see multiple movies at AMCs all over Southern California, and the Downtown Disney AMC is one of the worst. I think this has more to do with its location on the periphery of the area rather than the central hub like at CityWalk. Because of that, the theatres aren’t very full even on Saturday nights, so AMC probably thinks that the investment won’t be worth it.

                                Originally posted by RPaul View Post

                                Completely agree. The dining options of Citywalk are so much better with places like Tony Roma's and Bubba Gump. What Downtown Disney needs to add are more real restaurants such as Island's or Claim Jumper. Citywalk also has fast, easy places like Cinnabon, which would be a perfect fit in Downtown Disney.

                                Something Citywalk also has, in regards to shopping, is a Dodgers' team store. Well, with Angels Stadium just one mile away, why is there not an Angels team store in Downtown Disney? Personally, I think Disney needs to buy back the Angels and expand the Disneyland Resort to cover that area and add a Ballpark Village, like found in St Louis, over there. Then ESPN could move there and free up space in DTD, but that's a conversation for another time.

                                Lastly, the atmosphere is just better. The way it feels completely closed in with the parking structures on either side is actually really cozy. Multiple levels for walking is also really nice. And let's face it, Downtown Disney is pretty boring to look at. The exteriors are all so dated and there's nothing particularly memorable about any of it. Citywalk's overuse of neon lights and fun building designs give the area some real charm. Simply put, the Naple's clown has nothing on neon King Kong. Citywalk leaves an impact with the Hard Rock's giant guitar that Jazz Kitchen's saxophone doesn't.

                                Look, I'm not saying Disney should be copying what Universal has done, but if they're going to mimic it, they should at least do it right. If Disney wants to redesign Downtown Disney and give it a completely new style, sort of like what they did in Walt Disney World, maybe something to match the Grand Californian a bit more, then that's fine, too. All I want is it to be somewhere I want to visit again and again, and right now, it's not.
                                I love Universal CityWalk and it is much closer to my home. I recently went to Downtown Disney for dinner, a movie, and the fireworks show. I wish I could have combined a dinner and movie from Universal with the World of Disney store and fireworks show from Downtown Disney.

                                The atmosphere at CityWalk definitely feels more fun and dynamic than Downtown Disney, but it’s definitely more adult-oriented. I think if Disney did their own take on this and actually put some real (meaning post-2001 DCA) effort behind it, it would thrive. Right now Downtown Disney should be a place for families to spend however much time and money they want without needing to buy into a park ticket if that’s too expensive.

                                There is so much that Disney can do to improve the Downtown Disney District, but I think it’s going to be a piecemeal process rather than some grand land-unveiling like Cars Land or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Frankly, I’m just excited to see some changes.

                                Originally posted by YeaDZNY View Post
                                Nice to hear, as those stores were just a big waste of space. What I dont understand is, why isn't there any stores close by that can accommodate for shoes, sandals, socks etc... I cant tell you how many times I have been to the park and not just me but someone in my party that either didnt bring the right shoes or needs a new pair of socks because Splash Mountain or Grizzly Rapids soaked their feet.
                                I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but Sanuk in Downtown Disney should have sandals, socks, and slip-ons at the very least. I’m not sure about other kinds of shoes, though.

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                                • #17
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                                  • #18
                                    Though I have no problems with the businesses leaving I am very happy to hear there are more dining options coming! That is great! And other than Disney themed restaurants that fit into the style of DTD I agree with slappyland. Drop an in-n-out there. It’d have to be the biggest one ever made though because it would become the most successful in-n-out overnight with very long lines.

                                    Disney has no worries about making or losing money in DTD. Personally I’d like to see things like sunglasses hut, and fossil leave for either even more dining options or more Disney styled shops.

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                                    • #19
                                      Perhaps tourist and locals just don't shop enough? I think DTD lacks shopping appeal. It one of those sad malls that has to thrive to offer more dining experience since people don't want to spend on stuff.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by matterhorn77 View Post
                                        Though I have no problems with the businesses leaving I am very happy to hear there are more dining options coming! That is great! And other than Disney themed restaurants that fit into the style of DTD I agree with slappyland. Drop an in-n-out there. It’d have to be the biggest one ever made though because it would become the most successful in-n-out overnight with very long lines.

                                        Disney has no worries about making or losing money in DTD. Personally I’d like to see things like sunglasses hut, and fossil leave for either even more dining options or more Disney styled shops.
                                        In n' Out would do bonkers business but Downtown Disney actually already has some reasonably-priced high-quality fast-food options which many overlook.

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